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Subject: Small round bug – South Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
December 8, 2014 3:52 am
Hi, I took this photo of these insects and what looks like eggs, on an outside panel of my door. It is tiny – the whole lot measures probably just under 1cm in diameter. I took the photo on Sunday, 7 December, which is in the middle of our rainy, hot summer season. I am in Johannesburg, South Africa. It looks like they are protecting the eggs or something, but what kind of bug is that? Hope you can assist! Thanks! :)
Signature: Erna Pieterse

Hatchling Stink Bugs

Hatchling Stink Bugs

Dear Erna,
These are newly hatched Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae.  We know they are most likely not the same species, but you can compare your image to this North American sighting of newly hatched Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.

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Subject: Lovely green bug crawled out of my salad!
Location: Bronx, NY
November 27, 2014 7:35 pm
Hi! I found this guy on my salad plate on Thanksgiving. It was an Earthboubd Farms arugula salad. My hostess assured me the greens had come right out of the box. We are in the Bronx & I don’t want to put him outside for fear of the cold. I placed him on a houseplant & he relocated himself to a sweet potato that he was reluctant to leave. What is he??
Signature: Priscilla

Say's Stink Bug

Say’s Stink Bug

Dear Priscilla,
This Stink Bug looks like a Say’s Stink Bug,
Chlorochroa sayi, a species that is found, according to BugGuide, west of the Mississippi River.  We could not find Earthboubd Farms, but seeing as the n is next to the b on the keyboard, we are assuming you made a typographical error and are referring to an organic farm in California known for packaged, prewashed greens.  This should be a lesson to all folks who buy prewashed greens that it doesn’t hurt to do a quick once over to ensure there is no unwanted protein in the salad. 


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Subject: Identifying a bug request
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
November 20, 2014 1:08 am
Hi there.
I found these bug eggs that hatched yesterday and would like to know what they are?
Signature: name

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Stink Bug Hatchlings

These appear to be hatchling Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Subject: what’s that bug
Location: Stockton CA
October 10, 2014 11:05 am
I live in Stockton CA, about 35 miles south of Sacramento. These bugs just started appearing in my home about a week ago. They vary in size, this one about the size ofa quarter. They can fly a bit. Saw another one about 2 inches, didn’t look quite the same but I think it was.
Thanks for any help you can give.
Signature: Lisa

Hi Lisa,
Accidentally introduced into North America from China in the last years of the twentieth century, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is now well established in much of North America, having made an appearance in California just recently.  According to BugGuide, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to the fruiting structures.”
  Though it poses a significant agricultural threat, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug seems to draw the most attention from its habit of entering homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

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Stink Bug Nymph

Green Stink Bug Nymph

Subject: Black with yellow stripes
Location: Near Toronto
October 8, 2014 5:45 pm
I found this bug outside my front door and can’t identify it. It is Fall, found it mid day and it is about the size of a dime. I live close to a wooded area just outside of Toronto. Thanks!
Signature: Lindsay

Hi Lindsay,
We followed a lead to the Featured Creatures page on the Green Stink Bug, and though the fifth instar nymph of the Green Stink Bug,
Chinavia hilaris, pictured looks similar to your individual, the coloring was not an exact match, but upon checking BugGuide, we did locate several individuals with the colors and pattern of the individual in your image.  According to BugGuide, the Green Stink Bug is “extremely polyphagous: recorded from 20 plant families(5); adults and older nymphs prefer developing seeds and fruit. May be a pest on soybean, cotton, fruit trees (esp. peach), and many vegetables” and it is “the most commonly encountered stink bug in NA”, though that might have been written prior to the spread of the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

That’s great, thanks Daniel.

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Subject: Halyomorpha halys in Oregon
Location: Mulino, Oregon
October 5, 2014 9:40 am
Hi – this bug is a nightmare unfolding. It goes by the common names of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, BMSB, or Asian Stink Bug; it’s Latin name is Halyomorpha halys.
In the last three or four days, I’ve vacuumed hundreds off the outside of house and garage, windows – they’re everywhere – horrid lingering bug stink – aptly named – and they ruin an incredibly diverse variety of plants, fruits, nuts – and joy! Oregon weather allows TWO breeding cycles a year – these little beasts cannot be allowed to ruin everything !
Here is a link to an invaluable report that I hope the Oregon State University extension folks won’t mind my sharing with you, as word of this disaster needs to spread, and spread fast so everyone can do what they can to eliminate as many of these bugs as possible, by any means at their disposal.
Signature: Cheryl Anne, The Hamlet Nursery, or maybe not…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Sheryl Anne,
Thanks for all the information and the link on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug infestation in the Pacific Northwest.

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